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Respect Court Order, Resume Work, FG Tells ASUU

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The Federal Government has advised the Academic Staff Union of Universities [ASUU] to resume work and stop taking laws into its hands.
The government said the eight months old strike by ASUU was in defiance of the interlocutory injunction by the National Industrial Court [NICN], which restrained the union from further action.
In a statement in Abuja, yesterday, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige said a new directive by ASUU, exhorting its members to continue with strike action is an unwarranted lawlessness, adding that “the Federal Government strongly frowns at this”.
The minister, in a statement by Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Labour and Empliyment, Olajide Oshundun, accused the leadership of the union of misinforming and misleading its members and warned of consequences of contempt of court order.
According to him, “The union is dishonest and misleading its members and the general public, that it has filed an appeal as well as a stay of execution of the order of National Industrial Court on September 21, 2022, though it has none of this.
“Rather, ASUU only filed an application for a permission to appeal the order. It also attached to the application, a proposed notice of appeal which it intends to file if the leave to appeal is granted. The application for a stay of execution as of this moment, has not even been listed for hearing.Where then is ASUU coming from?
“It is therefore contemptuous, dishonest and misleading for the union to tell its members that it has not only appealed the interlocutory injunction by the National Industrial Court, directing it to call off strike and return to work, but that it also has a stay of execution’’.
The minister  once again called on the union to respect the court order and return to work while negotiations are concluded on the remaining issues in contention.
The statement also denied reports that the minister walked out of the meeting between the House of Representatives and ASUU last Thursday, 29th September, 2022, explaining that the minister left the meeting to attend to other pressing matters with the permission of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila after making his presentation.
It stated that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was earlier granted such permission by the Speaker.
The statement further recalled that at that meeting, Senator Ngige addressed the two major issues over which ASUU is still on strike.
“On renegotiation of salaries and wages of lecturers, I sympathize with ASUU just like other Nigerian workers. The economy is bad and hard time, biting hard on everybody. ASUU deserves no blame”.
They know that many times during reconciliation, I said that left to me, this is what lecturers will get. I know the enormity of the work they do and have brothers who are also lecturers.
“The Briggs Committee was the product of reconciliation of my ministry,which had to move to the ASUU’s direct employers, Ministry of Education for a Collective Bargaining Agreement, so we can arrive on what is good to be paid to ASUU, subject to approval by the President.
“The President has a Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages chaired by the Minister of Finance, with myself as co-chair and other members – National Salaries Income and Wages Commission, Budget Office etc. Every MDA whether drawing from the treasury or not, must pass through this committee on any issue concerning salaries for approval, before transmission to the President. The report of the Briggs Committee did not unfortunately pass this route”, the statement added.
The minister revealed that when the issue of payment platform – UTAS came up on January 9, 2020, he was the one that persuaded the President to give the platform a trial in the spirit of Executive Order 3 and 4.
He said, “The SGF supported me. That was how I took it upon myself to write to all the parties, Communication and Digital Economy, NITDA, ASUU and others. At a point, I had to spend three and half hours at the Office of the Accountant General, while UTAS was on demonstration because we must support this platform that promised to save us foreign exchange.
“If the system is good, we adopt it for the whole country but meanwhile – the hardware is not there. How do you do it? The test- the three of them – IPPIS, UTAS, U3PS have failed the test. Do you recommend something that has failed a test? So, no matter how I love ASUU, I won’t support something that failed a test.
“I had advised ASUU when the first result came, to have UTAS do a handshake with IPPIS so as to capture all the university system peculiarities. They accepted but while negotiation was going on, they went on strike”.
Ngige also narrated how the medical doctors once threatened to go on strike over IPPIS.
“But their peculiarities have now been captured by IPPIS, even those teaching in the universities with special allowances. About a year ago, NARD wrote me that they would go on strike if we don’t put them on IPPIS. This is because all their peculiarities have captured and no one is losing anything”, he said.

 

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Proprietors Call For Improved Education Sector

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The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools has emphasised the need for a better and quality education sector.
Speaking at a virtual meeting, National President, NAPPS, Mr Yomi Otubela, revealed that the 2022 annual NAPPS International Conference and Exhibition was titled, “ Revamping Africa’s education for sustainable development: Private education perspective,” would discuss and proffer suggestions to the development of education.
”It will provide an avenue for the association to host a flood of participants, comprising school proprietors from across different states of Nigeria and outside the country with the participation of invited parents, private/public school teachers, government dignitaries, multinational organisations, foreign partners, exhibitors, and various stakeholders.
“The event will hold between November 29th and 1st of December, 2022 at the JOGOR CENTRE 1, off Ring Road, Ibadan, Oyo State,” he said.
He added that the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo would deliver the keynote address, while the Governor of Oyo state, Mr Seyi Makinde would be the Special Guest of honour/host Governor.
“NAPPS International Conference and Exhibition will feature various programmes of interest such as a Master Class programme for school owners, teachers and professionals in the education sector, public lectures from erudite speakers, the exhibition of products and services from local to multinational companies, award ceremonies for distinguished members of the society and the association, policy decisions to impact education positively.
“Distinguished and eminent personalities from the political space, academics, and consulting,  have been invited to grace the event as it promises to be refreshing and rewarding, “ he said.

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$250,000 Orld’s Best School Prizes Open

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The World’s Best School Prizes, founded by T4 Education is now open to Nigerian schools.
A statement by the organisation said the prize was in collaboration with the world’s most prestigious education prizes including Accenture, American Express, Yayasan Hasanah, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and the Lemann Foundation.
It revealed that there were five prizes schools could apply for, namely The World’s Best School Prize for Community Collaboration, The World’s Best School Prize for Environmental Action, The World’s Best School Prize for Innovation,  The World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity, and   The World’s Best School Prize for Supporting Healthy Lives.
Founder of T4 Education and the World’s Best School Prizes, Vikas Pota, said governments must ensure quality education is a right, not a luxury.
Governments must take urgent action to tackle the global education crisis and ensure quality education is a right, not a luxury.
”We founded the World’s Best School Prizes to create the conversations that lead to lasting change. Conversations between educators learning from one another’s vital solutions, and conversations in the halls and corridors of power where leaders must sit up and listen to those on the front.

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Nigerian Lecturer At Ugandan University Sacked Over Sex-For-Marks Scandal …As Accused Denies Allegation, Says He Is Yet To Be Served

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The head of the Department of Economics and Statistics in the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences at Kabale University, in the Western Region of Uganda, Dr Nafiu Lukman Abiodun, has been sacked after being found guilty of sexual harassment.
Abiodun, a Nigerian, who is also the Director of Research at the university  was interdicted  mid-year to pave way for investigations into complaints that he was demanding sex from female students in exchange for marks.
It was gathered Abiodun gave retakes to female students who refuse to cooperate with him.
Abiodun, however ran of luck when some of the female students recorded him demanding sex on phone.
According to a letter addressed to him on November 11 by the secretary of the institution, Canon Johnson Munono Byaryant.3uma, investigations found him guilty of sexual harassment, failure to follow examination regulations and professional guidance.
“I regret to inform you that the Appointments Board of Kabale University Under Min.598160/AB/21122 found you guilty of Sexual Harassment, failure to follow examination regulations, and professional negligence. The board therefore directed you be severely reprimanded and your interdiction be lifted,” reads the letter.
“The board further resolved not to renew your contract as a senior lecturer of Statistics when it expires on 11 November 2022. You are therefore required to hand over all university property in your possession to the dean of the faculty of Economics and Management Science in the presence of the financial auditor,” it added.
The chancellor of Kabale University, Joy Constance Kwesiga, confirmed the development when contacted on Sunday November 13, but declined to divulge details, saying that the institution had information that Dr Abiodun might petition the court.
When contacted for his reaction, Dr Abioudun claimed that he was yet to receive the letter terminating his services.
He dismissed the accusations levied against him but declined to discuss the details.

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